The state says lockdown is working. Really? We’re dying for the ...

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The state says lockdown is working. Really? We’re dying for the numbers

We grope for our own stats to work out where we are, but it’s Cyril and Zweli who need to give us the facts

Columnist

It was fear that shut down the world. The images coming out of Wuhan – people collapsed on pavements, staff in hazmat suits shuffling through panic-filled hospital wards – were chilling. When it spread to Italy, and numbers started becoming available, the potential spread of the pandemic seemed infinite and horrifying.

Most frightening of all was the Chinese response. When a vast money-making machine that regularly tortures its own people lunges for the factory kill-switch in order to safeguard human life, it’s fair to assume that it has seen something unprecedented and utterly nightmarish on the horizon.

In other words, in late March a hard lockdown wasn’t just a good response, it was the only response. ..

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